Chances are low that Beijing will allow President Ma Ying-jeou to attend
the annual leaders’ meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
(APEC) forum during the remaining years of his presidential term, where
he could meet with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, an American
expert on Asian affairs said Tuesday.
Alan Romberg, director of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center, a
U.S. think tank, said Ma is interested in promoting the sense of
Taiwan’s international participation, not in such a way that it
challenges Beijing’s sovereignty question, by proposing to attend the
APEC meeting as the head of the economy but not in a presidential
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